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William Morris Today: the future of art, craft and design

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Hilles Studio

Hilles Estate

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In his lecture ‘How we live and how we might live’, the nineteenth century designer, poet and pioneer socialist William Morris identified four claims for making a decent life: (1) a healthy body; (2) an active mind in sympathy with the past, the present and the future; (3) an occupation for a healthy body and an active mind; and (4) a beautiful world to live in.

In discussing Morris’ legacy and how he can inspire progressive change in the 21st century this event will explore the significance of William Morris ideas on:

  • the importance of art, craft and design in creating meaningful work at a time of rapid technological change and projected unemployment
  • the development of new and old knowledges and skills in the fashioning of an ecologically sustainable and socially just world
  • learning to apply the lessons of Morris’s approach to history, to our volatile present and our uncertain future

Participants will therefore develop a clear understanding of the holistic nature of work, technology, place and social organisation.

For more information please email: newsfromnowhere@btinternet.com

CPD: the event is accredited by the Schumacher Institute and will appeal to practising designers, educators, students, crafts people, technologists, environmentalists and business.


Draft Programme

10.30 Arrival and tea/coffee

10.45 Introduction: John Blewitt and Julian Jones

11.00 William Morris and the Guilds: a prospectus for a ‘new’ social organisation : John Blewitt

The art of the craftsman entails the pleasure of making and the pleasure of buying and selling of goods at a fair price. Fairness, creativity and equity structures feeling and perception, a way of living and being. For William Morris, human beings must not be immersed in, and encumbered by, bad work, sham work, and the waste of luxury and greed. For Morris and for many who followed him the revival of guild organisation, workshop and neighbourhood groups and a broad based participatory democracy were key to realising a fairer and better world.

11.45 Tour of the famous arts and crafts Hilles House with Detmar Blow and Martha Fiennes.

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Exhibition, demonstration and discussion of the arts and crafts in the digital age with practising artist and designer Saffron Knight

13.20 Conservation and Water in 21st century: Julian Jones. Details to follow.

14.05 Designing for People : Steve Maslin

This session will explore how environments determine participation, a sense of fulfilment and the way we work. He will also reflect on how appropriate technology and craftsmanship might be best used, enabled and combined in order that it is more achievable, accessible and sustainable.

14.50 Tea/coffee

15.10 Workshop: Designing a William Morris festival

16.15 John Blewitt: Closing Remarks and The Future

16.30 End

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